Beatles receive a gold record for ‘Yesterday’ (1965)


 
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Friday, 20 October 2017


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‘Yesterday’ is a song by the English rock band The Beatles. It was written by Paul McCartney and first released on the ‘album Help!, august 1965. Only two months later the band receives a gold record, meaning it was sold over a million times. It was a very different song for the band, because only Paul McCartney’s vocal and guitar appeared on it, together with a string quartet.



Plagiarism
McCartney is said to have composed the song during a dream. The melody came to him fully formed. He initially thought he subconsciously plagiarised someone else’s song. In an interview he said: ‘I woke up one morning with a tune in my head and I thought, 'Hey, I don't know this tune - or do I?' It was like a jazz melody.’ His father knew a lot of jazz tunes and he thought he might just have remembered it from the past.

Most covered song
Although not all the Beatles were too enthusiastic about the song, because it was so different, it was yet released in the Uk and the USA. Yesterday was voted to be the No. 1 pop song ever by BBC radio 2 (1999), MTV and Rolling Stone Magazine (2000). The song even holds a record in Guinness World Records, being the most covered song in history.



360 trivial fact
The song’s working title was Scrambled Eggs. And its second line initially was ‘Oh my baby, how I love your legs.’

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